While I was prepping for an assembly I will be doing this Friday at Brooks Elementary School here in Windsor California ( for approximately 130 fifth grade girls), I came across this picture.
It’s from a seminar for girls I did at a summer camp. The campers were asked to outline their camp counselor. Then, I asked them to write down inside the silhouette, what other girls had said to them, or about them that they BELIEVED to be TRUE. Sure, we’ve all been called names, they can hurt our feelings but we don’t usually allow them to identify or define us, so what’s changed?
Unfortunately now we have the hidden culture of girl aggression mixed with its best friend: social media. Someone can say ONE unkind thing but then when it’s LIKED, TWEETED, RE-POSTED, COMMENTS ADDED by other girls… you get the picture. That ONE negative thing said by ONE person becomes believable.
As I read the things girls believed to be true about themselves, I had the same sinking feeling I did the first time I read them. It reminded me of why I quit my full time teaching job and why I am fervent in my quest for finding funding for The Mean Girl Extinction Project. We have to help girls realize the price their actions are costing to other girls. We need to provide awareness and tools for these girls, their parents and our schools. I continue to say, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
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